The Environment Ministry has allowed a major relaxation for faster execution of all ´linear´projects including roads, rail, power transmission lines, water supply lines and laying of optic fibre cables. All such projects can start soon after getting in-principle approval from local authorities such as district forest officers, which will cut down the time to start work by three to six months.
Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar recently conveyed this to Road Transport Minister Nitin Gadkari.
Javadekar has said that the relaxation is aimed at ´speedy execution´ of such projects. The Environment Minister has said that in-principle approval may be deemed as ´working permission´ for tree cutting and commencement of work, ´if the required funds for compensatory afforestation, net present value (NPV), wildlife conservation plan, plantation of dwarf species of medicinal plants, and all such compensatory levies specified in the in-principle approval are realised from the user agency.´